November 9th, 2016
Jeff in Colorado asks:
I was approached today by an interior designer who has volunteered their time to design a lounge area for a non-profit therapeutic center. I was thinking about volunteering my photographic services too, but was wondering if I can write it off somehow?
First of all for a definitive answer to tax law questions you should consult an accounting professional.
My research indicates that the answer is no. If you provide professional services for free to a qualifying nonprofit organization, you cannot claim a tax deduction for the value of your time or services on your income taxes, according to IRS Publication 526: Charitable Contributions (see the section, “Contributions You Cannot Deduct”).
I believe that you could deduct any expenses that you incurred to shoot the therapeutic center, though.